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“Great Food, Service, & Ambiance!”
Review of Scala Restaurant - CLOSED

Scala Restaurant
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Casual but sophisticated ideally located on the high rise strip on a sprawling corner of Paseo Herencia Mall. Scala is a bustling outdoor and indoor restaurant wich features two European trained chefs with Mediterranean and Caribbean influences. The bar offers a great variety of cocktails and martinis and for the wine lovers there is a very extensive wine list, both by glass as by the bottle. Scala is a dining experience you should not miss while visiting Aruba.
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Food, Service, & Ambiance!”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Having owned & managed restaurants in my past, I get to be very picky! From the minute we were greeted then seated by the gentleman host to the amazing service, I knew this was a good choice. Our first waitress was BLAH! No personality what so ever, then Liliana took over because the BLAH one was off. Liliana took charge and served with style and professionalism. She was so friendly we didn't want to leave. Oh, and the food was exactly as described, hot, delicious, and cooked to perfection. I was really in the mood for a good piece of steak. So, I ordered the Filet Mignon since it was the big picture showing on their street banner, and boy, it came out exactly like the picture, and cooked perfectly, medium rare, just like I wanted it! Prices were reasonable for a place right in the middle of it all. Example: $26.95 for my delicious Filet Mignon! I highly recommend this place!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Sameer-Maasarani
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“great service”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Liliana, our waitress, was exceptional.
Food was good.I had the scampi stuffed grouper. My grouper was a tiny bit overcooked. My husband had the filet alfredo pasta dish. He said his was good.
They offered us a coupon when walking by for 2 free glasses of wine with dinner.
Dined outside, upstairs. Nice dining experience.

  • Visited October 2012
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new york
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Not Bad!”
Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

We were a group o 8 adults who walked over for dinner from The Surf Club. The host lured us in with a decent menu and a free glass of wine for each of us. Liked the balcony setting, very nice atmosphere, service was good. Food was good nothing to boast about good - not great.

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“extraordinary food. environment. must visit”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

excellent beef. unforgetable fish and perfect environment.
to start i suggest you to try the fried calamaretti
and as a main entree you will love reef and beef.
must visit while in aruba. enjoy

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Diamond in the Dust”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

The high-rise hotel area of Aruba is saturated with restaurants; many are the typical chains that appear at every coastal tourist zone (think Senior Frog's). Somewhat hidden on the second floor of the Paseo outdoor mall, across from the Holiday Inn, is Scala restaurant. Lured only by the menu that appears next to their steps, we had such a great experience, we went back for a second time in our short 7-day Aruban excursion.

Scala's fare is Mediterranean--lots of seafood and rich sauces are the theme. The dishes are chef prepared, with an impressive and balanced presentation and taste. The service is excellent--typical of higher-end restaurants in major cities and unexpected in the Aruba tourist zone. The staff was incredibly fun and friendly--they remembered us from days past on the second visit.

For starters, the Scala lobster and smoked salmon was mind-blowing. The menu description does it no justice: "Lobster tail served with cheese stuffed ravioli and smoked salmon in a creamy sun dried tomato and vodka sauce." Sounds interesting, but in reality, it is a lobster-bisque-lover's delight. What you actually get is a full-sized bowl of fresh salmon pieces and lobster tail drenched in a wonderful bisque with some tasty raviolis hiding at the bottom. The flavors are very vibrant, with the tartness of sundried tomatoes being perfectly balanced by the musky lobster and vodka essences.

Caesar salad comes with a choice of several meats and fish. Having chosen the smoked salmon and having expected (and would have been completely content with) the typical meager pieces packaged smoked salmon, I was astounded when the salad arrived with an entire butterflied salmon fillet, fresh off the grill. As a landlubber, I had never tasted freshly smoked salmon before and this was to die for.

The main courses make for a challenging decision. I went for the first one on the list: the scampi stuffed grouper. Like the appetizer, they were covered in an amazing sauce. They had achieved a harmonious buttery-soft consistency in both the grouper and shrimp.

The highlight is definitely the food and service, which more than make up for an average ambience. They have a lot of outdoor seating, but it overlooks the main drag in the high-rise area, so it can be quite noisy. The decor inside is modern--some strange artwork and lots of hard materials.

Having dined at several excellent restaurants on our visit, Scala was definitely the highlight.

  • Visited September 2012
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